Perimenopause can bring about numerous changes in a woman's body, including the issue of weight gain.

Perimenopause, the transitional phase leading to menopause, can bring about numerous changes in a woman's body, including the often-frustrating issue of weight gain. Women in their 40s facing perimenopause often encounter shifts in hormones that can lead to increased fat accumulation, especially around the abdomen. Atkins Nutritionals recognises the importance of addressing this concern and is committed to supporting women in managing their health during this transformative period.

Perimenopause typically begins in a woman's early 40s, leading to hormonal fluctuations, including declining estrogen levels, which plays a crucial role in regulating fat distribution in the body. Before perimenopause, higher estrogen levels tend to promote the storage of fat in the hips and thighs, however, as estrogen levels decline during perimenopause, fat distribution shifts towards the abdominal area.

The Atkins low carb lifestyle is a scientifically proven approach that emphasises reduced carbohydrate intake, focusing on protein, healthy fats, and fibre-rich foods. This approach can help stabilise blood sugar levels, reduce cravings, and promote weight loss, making it an effective strategy for women in their 40s facing perimenopausal weight gain.


Metabolism Matters: When estrogen levels decrease during perimenopause, insulin sensitivity can be reduced, leading to blood sugar imbalances and an increased likelihood of fat storage. Carbohydrates are the primary source of glucose in the body, and they can lead to spikes in blood sugar levels when consumed in excess. Following a low carb lifestyle can help to stabilise blood sugar levels and can improve insulin sensitivity, which works to prevent excessive fat storage, particularly in the abdominal area.

Appetite Control: Low carb living can be associated with reduced appetite and fewer cravings for sugary and high calorie foods. This can be advantageous for women in perimenopause who are experiencing increased appetite and cravings due to hormonal fluctuations. Incorporating Atkins’ range of low carb, low sugar snacks can further assist women experiencing perimenopause with delicious, guilt-free treats that support weight management without compromising health goals.

Fat Metabolism: A low carb lifestyle encourages the body to rely more on fat for energy, a state known as ketosis. When carbohydrates are limited, the body starts breaking down fat for energy, which can assist in reducing overall body fat and specifically targeting the stubborn belly fat associated with perimenopause.

Muscle Preservation: Aging, in general, leads to muscle loss, a process that accelerates during perimenopause. Protein intake is a key element of the Atkins approach, which is essential for preserving and building muscle mass. Maintaining muscle mass is crucial for keeping metabolism active and preventing the reduction in muscle tissue that can occur during this period in a woman’s life.

Regular Exercise: Incorporating regular physical activity into the daily routine is vital. Aerobic exercises, strength training, and flexibility exercises can help combat weight gain and promote overall wellbeing, complementing the results of the Atkins approach.

Posted by Linda O'Byrne
Atkins Nutritionist